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STATEMENT OF HC SLOVAN BRATISLAVA ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF DOPING CONTROL AFTER THE MATCH IN NOVÉ ZÁMKY

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AFTER THE MATCH OF THE 38TH ROUND OF THE HOCKEY TIPOS EXTRALIGA ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2021 BETWEEN HC NOVÉ ZÁMKY AND HC SLOVAN BRATISLAVA, AN ANTI-DOPING CONTROL WAS PERFORMED ON RANDOMLY DETERMINED PLAYERS OF BOTH TEAMS BY DECISION OF THE ANTI-DOPING AGENCY OF THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC (ADA SR).

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One of the two selected HC SLOVAN anti-doping control players (Milan Kytnár) suffered a painful injury at the end of the match, as a result of which he was unable to hand over his sample immediately after the match. The player's health was urgently stabilized right at the stadium. He was then taken to hospital for professional treatment.

In accordance with the instructions of the present Commissioner of Doping Control, a record was made of this, which was subsequently made the next morning - on Monday, February 8, that morning - documented in writing by a medical report sent to the Anti-Doping Agency of the Slovak Republic. Based on mutual communication, this procedure was fully accepted by the ADA SR doping control manager.

In accordance with the relevant rules, a substitute player from the HC SLOVAN roster, who underwent an inspection immediately after the match, was also drawn during the anti-doping control.

Based on the above facts, HC SLOVAN Bratislava is convinced that the doping control took place in accordance with the rules and in the full competence of the doping control commissioner. No rules were violated by the club regarding the selection of a player, sampling, or the termination of the doping control itself. This is also evidenced by the fact that the ADA SR Commissioner did not state any errors in the official minutes of the meeting.

HC SLOVAN Bratislava respects the competition rules in its activities and does not tolerate any anti-doping rule violations. All affected players and members of the team cooperated with the ADA SR commissioner during the doping control after Sunday's match in Nové Zámky.

We believe that every player and club of the highest hockey competition should act in accordance with the rules of fair play, respect the opponent and not disclose or dispose of incomplete or unverified information and leave matters fully within the competence of ADA SR, i.e., the organization authorized to organize and perform anti-doping control.

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